MARK THOMAS Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Following a ground-breaking tour of his last show Showtime From the Frontline in which he, alongside two Palestinian comics, re-enacted their time setting up a comedy club in Jenin, Mark Thomas turns his attention back to the UK and to our very own National Health Service.

Selling out his Fringe run once again this year to absolute critical acclaim, Mark’s now famous, unique style of theatre, comedy, investigative journalism and reportage won him yet another prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award this August and he went on to perform the show for a two week sell-out run at London’s Arcola Theatre.

Mark is 54, the NHS is 70, and the UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84, the NHS will be 100. What will they both look like?

Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS, residencies in hospitals and surgeries, and with theatre director Nicolas Kent, Mark uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in; what’s going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right, and what the future might hold for us all. / TWITTER: @markthomasinfo


★★★★★ “Check Up is a fantastic a stirring presentation from start to finish” REVIEWS HUB

★★★★★ “Possibly his finest work to date… I cannot praise this show enough… a very accomplished piece” EDINBURGH REPORTER

★★★★ “Thomas’s wide-eyed astonishment is infectious… having painted a picture of extraordinary care and commitment, Thomas is able to fire his political volleys from the inside” THE GUARDIAN

★★★★“An engaging and informative 75 minutes where anger and humour bounce off of each other to good purpose” THE INDEPENDENT

★★★★ “This a show that comes from the guts  THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★ ”A compelling, heartfelt documentary  METRO

★★★★  “A devastatingly thorough portrait of a system in crisis, shot through with unlikely humour as Thomas’s fury grows” FINANCIAL TIMES

★★★★ “Perfectly balanced between laugh-a-minute entertainment and hard-edged political commentary… a wonderful tragicomic journey” THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★“A passionate, deeply moving tale of courage, resilience and human compassion in ever more challenging circumstances – and, most importantly, a hopeful one” THE ARTS DESK

★★★★ “‘Engaging, and sometimes explosive… an impassioned interrogation that offers as much hope as despair” TIME OUT

★★★★  “Hilarious and self-deprecating… a compassionate and trenchant show” THE LIST

★★★★ “Righteous, moving and funny… Mark Thomas should be on prescription” THE HERALD

★★★★  “A worthy and highly entertaining show” BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

★★★★ “Tempered with his impish wit…Thomas is driven by a fire in his belly” CHORTLE

★★★★“Mark Thomas’ impassioned mixture of reportage and storytelling takes the temperature of the NHS” THE STAGE

★★★★ “Excellent … long may Mark Thomas keep calling the decision makers out” BRITISH THEATRE

★★★★ “Very funny… it’s almost as if we’re involved in the heart-stopping action” MORNING STAR

★★★★ “Delightfully contrary and eminently humane… his is a voice that is sorely missing from the wider political landscape” ED FEST MAG

★★★★ “Compelling, both as polemic and theatrical endeavour” THREEWEEKS

★★★★ ” A highly entertaining, emotionally involving show…another excellent show from the Fringe’s great storyteller” SPIKED ONLINE

★★★★ “A well informed, sophisticated introspection… superb” BROADWAYBABY

★★★★ “Unafraid to challenge expectations…  Thomas on fine form, using his skill as a theatre maker and passion for a truly up-to-the-minute topic to create a riveting piece of work” FEST

★★★★ “An incredible performer: Check Up is delivered at a relentless rat-a-tat pace that barely stops for breath”  LONDON CITY NIGHTS

★★★★ “This is Mark Thomas on top form, talking about a subject close to his heart” WEST END WILMA

An hour of stage time with crystal clarity, pragmatism, and without a hint of exceptionalism” EXEUNT TOUR DATES


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